Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Elliana continues to be our sweet little 16 month old. She is growing and learning new things everyday. Elli continues to be full of energy and makes us laugh multiple times a day. She loves the water....whether it be taking a bath, playing in her little pool, or going to the big pool. She would spend all day in the water if we let her. Lately, she's been very generous with her hugs and kisses. And trust me, we don't take them for granted. For each little kiss or hug we receive, makes us wonder how we ever got so lucky to have her. Elli continues to be into everything. It is not unusual for me to find some of my make up in one of her drawers or a bottle of tums in the bathtub or turn around to find my lipstick smeared across her face....I could go on and on. She tries to mimic our actions more these days than she ever has. She also has tried to imitate Bella. The other day I caught her bending over trying to eat a tall piece of grass right after she saw Bella eating grass. Saturday, Scott saw her bent over trying to get a drink out of the Bella's water bowl. Elliana still loves music and dancing. Her and Scott continue to have dance parties in our office quite frequently. Elli keeps things interesting around our house! She is one special little girl and I can't believe I'm lucky enough to be able to spend most of my week with her (and I'm also pretty lucky for a husband who lets me do this)!
Elli is really into climbing these days. Siena and Elli at the zoo on Sunday....
Elli loves animals....real or fake! This is her 3rd time on the carousal and she did much better this time! She loves the horses, but it scares her when they start moving. Siena wasn't a big fan of the carousal either.
In addition to animals, Elli still loves to have the perfect accessories with her outfits. We took her shopping in Cincinnati on Saturday to meet up with some of our friends. Of course she needed her purse and sunglasses for the trip.
In addition to her accessories, Elli also needed her toenails repainted this weekend. She sits so still when she gets her toenails painted and even tries to help me blow on them when we are done. So...if you see her....please make a huge deal about her toenails and how beautiful they are because she loves it!! She's all girl....drama and all!!
If you know Bella and Elli's relationships then you know this is torture for Bella! Elli loves Bella, but Bella still isn't so sure of Elli (unless Elli is giving Bella food).
I was 30 weeks along in this picture. Elli is still clueless that in 9 weeks or less another little person will be coming to live with us. We've been referring to my expanding stomach as "bubba" for 2 reasons....1. she can say this 2. he currently doesn't have a name. I'm confident that she will be a good big sister (once she gets over the whole jealousy thing....she still doesn't like it when I cuddle with other little babies....she'll learn)!
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Avery is a small little thing that we unfortunately haven't gotten to meet in person yet. I was able to skype with her tonight and got to see her open her eyes a couple times. I know Elli is excited to be a big cousin and is looking forward to skyping with Avery tomorrow. We're hoping to make a quick trip to Indy here within the next couple weeks to meet little Avery!
Welcome Avery Leigh....we can't wait to meet you!!
As I mentioned before, Avery's quick entrance into this world has made Scott and I brainstorm other options for what would happen if I went into labor in the middle of the night. Our original plan was that we'd just take Elli with us until one of our parents got to the hospital to take her home; however, we never considered that things could happen quicker than expected and our parents might not make it in time to take her home. Luckily, we've had a couple offers for people to take her while we head to the hospital. We don't have a definite plan yet, but will slowly develop one within the next couple months. We do know that Elli will stay at our house with our parents while we are in the hospital. Once we are home, we plan to keep things as normal as possible for her. She will continue at daycare 2 days a week while I'm on maternity leave (Multiple people have suggested we do this and since we have to pay for our daycare anyways to hold her spot....I'm all for it!)
We are about 10 weeks away from meeting this little guy and it doesn't seem like any time at all! We've got a couple of projects that we'd like to complete before this little one arrives which will make for a busy summer. We are planning on putting a patio on the back of our house. It looks like August (great timing, huh?) will be the soonest that we'd be able to get this done because of how rainy our spring was. At least we'll be able to enjoy it for a couple of months before it gets too cold. After meeting with a couple companies (we have a couple more coming out this week), we've pretty much decided on a design and have an idea of the type of pavers that will be used. I'm letting Scott take the lead on this since he has wanted this for quite some time, but we are both really excited to have a place for us to go outside! We are also planning on building a jungle gym/swing set this summer (another project I'm letting Scott take the lead on....when he told me he wanted to do this soon I thought he was crazy, but it will be nice to be able just to take Elli out in our backyard once the baby is here rather than taking both of them all the way to the park). We talked to our neighbor this weekend (they have kids very similar in age to ours) and they are just as excited for us to get this since we have the bigger yard. These 2 things, along with getting the kids' rooms ready, and refinancing our house are proving to be a busy summer.
We are really excited to meet this little guy. He is extremely active (in fact, I'm not real sure when he sleeps....he is always moving). His room is slowly coming together. We now have moved all the furniture out of his room and are preparing to move Elli's furniture over there here within the next month! This pregnancy is progressing much quicker than my last!
Here is a picture 5 years ago....
I'm not thrilled with this picture of myself; however, it was the only decent picture we took of the 3 of us that day and I had to post for documentation purposes.
Thankfully, we had some babysitters in place so we could go out for our anniversary on Friday night. Scott and I enjoyed a relaxing dinner out and then decided on a movie after we had remembered we hadn't been to a movie together since before Elli was born. We had a great night out! Here's to many more years to come! Thanks for all the cards, gifts, and messages!
Get ready for many pictures of Elliana! I guess you could say I've made up for not taking many pictures over the last couple of weeks!
I LOVE this picture! I actually found it on my camera and I must have taken it a couple weeks ago. I can't remember what was going on when I took this picture, but she doesn't look too happy with me! I love this little face!
I promised Elli that we'd take her to the pool after Scott got home from a golf tournament. This is her favorite spot....walking up and down the pool stairs....